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Maybe the answer is to make the fireplace more...

Maybe the answer is to make the fireplace more like a woodstove? The more I think about this, the more I am asking myself the following question: If an airtight door with a heavy frame, fiberglass...
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Increasing fireplace efficiency without an insert?

This is our fireplace:

<img src="https://i.imgur.com/9mNNYuj.jpg" width="1200" height="967"/>

I'm well aware that open fireplaces pull heat out of a house while operating and the only way to...
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Metal roof over existing asphalt shingle questions

I have an 1880s era farmhouse that sits back in the woods-I can't see any other homes and they can't see me so we're not worried about how our house "fits with the neighborhood." The house underwent...
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Powerline adapters for full WiFi coverage of home and property?

I am looking to blanket my home and a good chunk of my property (the backyard and porch/patio area immediately adjacent) with seamless WiFi coverage (same SSID and password) as I have a couple of...
01-09-15, 05:28 AM
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The policy around here is that construction...

The policy around here is that construction cannot stop for more than six months, which should not be a problem.
01-09-15, 03:40 AM
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The sealed drawings have not been prepared as of...

The sealed drawings have not been prepared as of yet-I've done my own drawings simply to spec out materials and the scope of the work, etc... Once I have a solid idea of what it's going to cost I'll...
01-08-15, 01:12 PM
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2nd Floor addition-exterior walls/roof trusses first-add interior walls later?

I'm slowing pulling together quotes, materials lists, etc...for a second story addition. I will be serving as the general contractor but also doing a lot of the finish work myself. This will be a...
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Thanks-it's good to have someone with real world...

Thanks-it's good to have someone with real world experience weighing in on this. With regard to spacing, I'm hoping that bounce won't be an issue because I'm really not spanning very far compared to...
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In other words, can a main trunk be located in an...

In other words, can a main trunk be located in an area that will be totally inaccessible after construction is completed (between floors-not suspended in an unfinished basement or attic)?



I'm...
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I get what you're saying about moving ductwork...

I get what you're saying about moving ductwork seeming a relatively minor part of a big job, but the fact of the matter is, there's nowhere to move it to that's practical. However, I think I found a...
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How accessible does HVAC ductwork need to be (new construction question)?

I am working on a plan for a second story addition to my ranch home. The ductwork is rigid and run in the attic (long trunk line that runs the length of the house). One of the ways I've read that...
12-08-14, 11:06 AM
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Pex manifold with all home runs for small house?

We are adding on to our small ranch (adding two bedrooms, a laundry room, adding one bathroom, and moving another)-even though the house is getting bigger, 90% of the fixtures (tub, showers, washing...
12-06-14, 07:37 AM
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Addition with deeper full basement added to existing full basement?

I am contemplating adding two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a laundry room to the rear of my ranch (making it an "L-shaped ranch," basically)-the footprint of this would be 20' deep by 25' wide. My...
12-05-14, 08:33 AM
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That was my thinking too. The development I live...

That was my thinking too. The development I live in was built in the late 1960s and though it's a rural area, most of the town has public water and sewer. I spoke with a public works guy who has...
12-05-14, 06:49 AM
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Weird waste line configuration (would like to move it)

I have what seems to be a strange configuration of my waste line. The kitchen and bathroom are at the rear of the house (closest to the back yard), so it makes sense that it is situated where it is,...
12-05-14, 05:49 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I'm one step ahead on...

Thanks for the replies. I'm one step ahead on the cellulose-that was already planned. I'll be pulling up some of the old fiberglass batts, airsealing extensively underneath, putting them back, and...
12-03-14, 07:53 AM
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Understood-I'm sourcing some names of structural...

Understood-I'm sourcing some names of structural engineers who will work with DIY'ers from a friend in the building business now.
12-02-14, 06:21 AM
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That's just utterly stupid. If I was going to do...

That's just utterly stupid. If I was going to do something like that I would have done it already. I'm here asking because I'm looking for opinions from those more learned than I. It sounds like...
12-01-14, 01:24 PM
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Re-siding with Hardi over foam board?

My house is a simple 25' x 50' box that I'd like to reside at the same time we do a "bump-out" of a portion of the front wall. Right now the exterior cladding consists of vinyl, which, as far as I...
12-01-14, 10:11 AM
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Raise ceiling in ridge and rafter ranch home ("Clipped" cathedral ceiling)?

As part of a remodeling project we are turning our attached garage into a combination living/dining room and while we could simply keep the ceiling height constant throughout the house, I think it...
12-01-14, 03:30 AM
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All good advice-thanks. The permit is a given...

All good advice-thanks. The permit is a given for a number of reasons. Just want to make sure that this is something that sounded remotely within the realm of possibility. I've been told by others...
11-28-14, 06:19 PM
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4'-6" x 21'-3" Bump out-on piers?

I want to create a bump out on the first floor of my house in order to create enough space for two bedrooms where there is currently a large living room (that will be moved elsewhere). The bump out...
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You might be surprised at the answer to this-I...

You might be surprised at the answer to this-I know I was. I called my insurance company directly (no agent) and they told me that my homeowner's policy has coverage of $26,500 for accessory...
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The plan was to keep it simple at first and then...

The plan was to keep it simple at first and then improve it over time. I ruled out a slab early on because of cost. The floor will be compacted stone dust. Think of this as an overgrown garden...
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Points well taken. I need a 16' x 24' building...

Points well taken. I need a 16' x 24' building with loft storage that I am going to do all of the work myself on, and I have a budget of $5000. What should I do? I will say this though-I have no...
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